Our Philosophy: Experienced, Personalized, and Compassionate Care


Dr. Sauer is a trained and experienced Board Certified Hand and Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years of conscientious, compassionate care for thousands of patients. He has completed multiple certifications and recertifications in General, Plastic, and Hand Surgery. Emergent and elective Hand Surgery has become a central focus of his practice although Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the body is still an integral part.

As a patient, you are given personalized care that only a solo practice can deliver. Dr. Sauer is an independent practitioner, not a hospital owned practice so there will not be hospital facility fees for an office x-ray or in-office procedure.

You will see Dr. Sauer for all your care. He feels strongly that he is responsible for all your care and recognizes the trust you have placed in him. If you need surgery, your surgery will be performed solely by Dr. Sauer and you will see Dr. Sauer at every clinic visit. There are no physician extenders in his practice, such as Fellows, Nurse Practitioners or PAs.


Dr. Sauer is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in Hand Surgery and is able to offer a unique expertise as a result of the years of Plastic and Reconstructive training he completed prior to his specialized Hand Surgery training. All Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons are fully trained in microsurgery, soft tissue reconstructions, difficult wounds, flap reconstructions, and limb salvage, prior to any additional specialized training. The hand is a delicate structure and Plastic-Hand Surgeons are specialists devoted to this delicate structure in the human body made up of small bones, nerves, tendons, arteries, and ligaments. Dr. Sauer limits his expertise to the hand and elbow. He does not treat fractures of the wrist or arm.

Dr. Sauer is a Board Certified Hand Surgeon. All Board Certified Hand Surgeons must pass a rigorous Board Exam to earn the Certificate in Surgery of the Hand, which demonstrates their proficiency.

When you come to see Dr. Sauer, you will always be seen and treated by him and not a Fellow, a Medical Student, Nurse Practitioner, or PA. Dr. Sauer recognizes the trust you have placed in him, so your care is his focus.

Board Certifications:

Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1989-present.

Board Certified, Hand Surgery, Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand, 1993-present.

Board Certified, American Board of Surgery, 1986-1996.

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, 1992-present. Diplomate – National Board of Medical Examiners, 1981.


Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, M.D. awarded June, 1980.

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, B.A. in Chemistry,  awarded June, 1976.

Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, Maine, diploma awarded June, 1972.

Surgical Training:

Residency and Fellowship:
University of Alabama Hospitals Birmingham, Alabama
Fellow, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1985-1988

Tufts-New England Medical Center Hospital Boston, Massachusetts
Resident, General Surgery, 1981-1985

Tufts-New England Medical Center Hospital Boston, Massachusetts
Intern, General Surgery, 1980-1981

Society Memberships:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Alabama Society of Plastic Surgeons

Medical Association State of Alabama

Jefferson County Medical Association

Southern Medical Association

Southeast Medical Society


Chairman of Patient Safety Committee at Alabama Society of Plastic Surgeons


Dr. Bud Sauer

Dr. Sauer is proud to welcome his son to Birmingham Hand & Plastic Surgery. Paul “Bud” Sauer, Jr., MD is a fully trained Plastic Surgeon who has completed a one year Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Sauer, Jr. wants to focus his practice on reconstructive surgery, as well as hand and upper extremity surgery.

Board Certifications:

Board Eligible, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2023


University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, M.D. awarded magna cum laude May, 2016.

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Masters in Biology awarded cum laude May, 2012.

University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Science, Philadelphia, PA, B.A. awarded May, 2010.

The Altamont School, Birmingham, AL, Diploma awarded May, 2006.

Surgical Training:

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Fellow, Hand Surgery, August 2022 - July 2023

University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington, KY
Division of Plastic Surgery
Resident, July 2016 - June 2022

Honors and Awards:

Resident of the Month Award, June 2020.

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society, March 2015.

Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), August 2014.

Honors in Clinical Clerkships, August 2014 - July 2015.

National Institute of Health T35 Grant Recipient, June 1013 - August 2013.

Arnold Diethelm Summer Surgical Scholar, June 2013 - July 2013.

Eagle Scout, Troop 63, 2004.


Killian JT Jr, Leeper JD, Xu Q, Sauer PF (July 2018), A Predictive Model for a Reputation Based General Surgery Residency Match and a Novel Online Calculator. J Surg Educ.

Sauer PF (2015, June), MacLennan PA, DuBay DA, Crawford J, Gray SH, White JA, Eckhoff DE. Intraoperative hypotension during liver transplantation is associated with decreased 30-day and one-year patient survival. HPB (In review)

Sauer PF (2015, March), MacLennan PA, DuBay DA, Crawford J, Gray SH, White JA, Eckhoff DE. Intraoperative hypotension during liver transplantation is associated with decreased one-year patient and graft survival. HPB. Volume 17, S1: pg. 10.

Sauer PF. (2013, October). Identifying patients who experience intraoperative hypotension during liver transplantation (Abstract). UASOM Medical Student Research Day Booklet.

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